Kindersley duo reflect on university hockey careers

Kennedy Harris and Kori Herner recently packed up their hockey gear after competing at the national U Sports Hockey championship

Kindersley duo reflect on university hockey careersKevin McBain of The Clarion It’s the end of the university hockey road for the two Kindersley hockey players. Kennedy Harris and Kori Herner recently packed up their hockey gear after competing at the national U Sports Hockey championship held March 15-18 in London, Ont. The players grew up together, played softball and hockey together…

Does anyone seriously believe Doug Ford is afraid of the media?

There were many expert opinions as to why Ford decided to drop the campaign bus. Many of them were wrong-headed

Does anyone seriously believe Doug Ford is afraid of the media?The word ‘expert’ has broad meaning today. Many people are invited to discuss their experiences in areas like business, labour, medicine, opinion polls, politics and media. Some have a real depth of knowledge, while others engage audiences with tidbits of information. Alas, many so-called experts are severely lacking when it comes to providing expertise. A…

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant food

Using climate regulations to reduce pollution is obviously an expensive blunder

Ontario’s billion-dollar plans to reduce plant foodThe Ontario government’s throne speech last month told us that “you cannot be serious about lowering emissions and fighting climate change without a price on carbon pollution.” Nowhere in the speech is it specified what this supposed pollution actually is. That’s probably because, if it did, many people would realize that the Ontario government is…

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategy

Instead of going nuts with other people's money, Ontario's premier should be looking for a narrative to sell to voters

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategyThere are all kinds of clichés about how and why governments lose elections. That they defeat themselves. That they die by degrees. That they become the very thing they ‎once pledged to always oppose. Mostly, though, governments forget the plot. All of governing – all of the politics – is telling a story, every single day.…

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magic

Elwy Yost turned generations of young people into film buffs through his groundbreaking television programs

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magicIt’s amazing how a simple word, gesture or sound can instantly bring back a flood of memories. That’s what happened to me recently. I saw a Facebook post in January by writer/blogger Kathy Shaidle containing a short YouTube clip and four little (albeit profound) words, “I still miss Elwy.” For anyone who grew up (particularly…

The case for privatizing Crown utilities

Selling slow-moving, inflexible Toronto Hydro would benefit both taxpayers’ pocketbooks and the service they receive

The case for privatizing Crown utilitiesBy Ian Madsen and Alexandra Burnett Frontier Centre for Public Policy Increasingly, Toronto Hydro Corp. poses an expensive risk to all Toronto citizens. The century-old electricity distribution company’s aging equipment is breaking down, and the utility can’t keep up with the building boom in the Greater Toronto Area. It can take months for a new…

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”

The Law Society of Ontario is asking divisive, intrusive and shameful questions of its members. It needs to stop

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”Lawyers in Ontario (of which I am one) have until March 31 to file our annual reports for 2017 with the law society. This usually routine procedure has become controversial because we’re now required to tick a box declaring whether we abide by a “Statement of Principles” (which we’re required to draft) incorporating an obligation…

The resurrection of Ford Nation

Doug Ford overcame the odds to become the new Ontario PC leader. Here’s how he can become the province’s next premier

The resurrection of Ford Nation“I was the only Canadian columnist to endorse Andrew Scheer for Tory leader. I was one of a small handful to endorse Doug Ford for Ontario PC leader. Not bad for an old hack, eh? : )” This was a tweet I sent out at 5:23 p.m. ET on Saturday. Yes, it’s true – and…

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?

Ontario's premier has been brought back from the dead more than once. But her competitors now seem more legitimate and committed

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?For a while there, Kathleen Wynne looked like the luckiest politician alive. Just six weeks ago, as she surveyed the political landscape, this is what the Liberal premier of Ontario saw: Andrea Horwath's New Democrats had been in a witness protection program for months. And, when they were finally starting to show signs of life,…

Flu pandemic of 1918 brutal, virulent killer

One hundred years ago, a flu pandemic swept across the world, killing tens of millions of people, particularly those in the prime of life

Flu pandemic of 1918 brutal, virulent killerFrom the wet and windswept northwest of Ireland to rural southwestern Ontario, the flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920 was remorseless. My mother and my wife’s father lost siblings to an illness where death might come within 24 hours of first symptoms. And sometimes it was particularly brutal. Historian John Barry has described it this…
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